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DIRTY POLITICS ON DISPLAY, A4
Bearcat swimmer making waves
during first year in pool, B1
The Anderson News
Setting standards of excellence since 1877
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
to keep seat
Judge extends filing deadline after
GOP sues over redistricting plan;
three Republicans file for office
By Ben Carlson
Photos by Meaghan Downs
Race enthusiasts react to the action during Saturday’s Pinewood Derby. The annual event allows Cub Scouts to race their custom-made
cars and spend a day having fun. For more photos, visit www.theandersonnews.com.
Thrill of victory, agony of defeat
Cub Scouts pack church for annual Pinewood Derby
The 2012 Pinewood Derby,
From staff reports
The Pinewood Derby is much held at the United Methodist
Church on Jan. 28, featured
more than a race, according to
more than 75 handmade raceassistant Cub Mascars speeding down
ter Dean Kendrick
of Pack 38.
Winners, more pics a homemade, fourland racetrack.
“As the leaders
See a list of winners and
of the pack strive to
more photos of Saturday’s
with joy or despair
improve the derby
Pinewood Derby, A8
as their cars raced
each year, we hope
toward the finish
the scouts will see
line, but it’s not
that and strive to
about winning or
improve their cars each year.
“The official Cub Scout motto losing, Kendrick said.
“Everybody likes to win, but
is ‘Do Your Best,’ and we sinwinning all the time is not realcerely hope we are successful in
istic,” he said. “Our kids need to
teaching this important life lesShawn O’ Rourke anxiously watches his car go down son to our scouts,” Kendrick said learn how to lose as well and
learn that it’s OK to lose.”
the track during Saturday’s Pinewood Derby.
General Cable survives, thrives after being selected
as one of North America’s top manufacturing plants
By Ben Carlson
Surviving simply wasn’t
enough for Lawrenceburg’s
General Cable plant.
Faced with the daunting
reality that telecommunication
products — the cables strung
between phone poles — were
going the way of the dodo bird,
employees at the worldwide
company’s local plant vowed to
be its “last plant standing” — a
mission to outperform and outlive its sister plants.
Reinvigorated and determined to achieve even more,
employees then set their sights
even higher, the goal being to
receive recognition as one of
the best manufacturing plants
on the continent.
Again, mission accomplished.
The plant and its 300
employees rolled out the red
carpet last Thursday to celebrate being named one of the
10 best manufacturing plants
in North America by IndustryWeek magazine.
“This is based on the relentless pursuit of manufacturing
excellence,” said plant manager
Paul Furtado. “We are excited
to win this award.”
And it showed. Furtado and
executives from the company’s
Highland Heights headquarters
offered an array of visitors and
Photo by Ben Carlson
dignitaries a behind-the-scenes
tour of the plant, showing off a General Cable employees Joe Bayhart, left, and Tim
host of technological improve- Rogers operate a machine that separates a protective
See CABLE, Page A2
coating from copper wire, allowing both products to be
A Franklin County Circuit Court judge
issued a temporary injunction
Tuesday afternoon to delay
the filing deadline for state
legislative candidates through
That ruling keeps alive
state Rep. Kim King’s hopes of
keeping her seat in Anderson
County after a redistricting
plan signed into law last week
pushed her out.
See KING, Page A3
file for re-election
Robinson to be next circuit clerk
By Ben Carlson
Anderson County will have a new Circuit Court clerk next year.
Jan Rogers, who has held
the position since 1994, confirmed Monday that she will
not run for re-election.
One of her assistants, Pam
Robinson, a Democrat, confirmed that she is running for
Robinson, who was
required to pass a test to run
for the office, is the only one
who filed by Tuesday’s deadline.
“I’ve been here a long time,” Robinson
said, adding that she has worked in the
office for 19 years. “I’ll have big shoes to
“Jan has run a good office and has been a
good mentor,” said Robinson, who provides
clerk services in criminal court for Circuit
Court Judge Charles Hickman.
“This is a good opportunity, and something I’m looking forward to doing.”
Rogers cited several reasons for not seeking another six-year term.
“Call me old fashioned, but I did not
want to retire in the middle of term,” said
Rogers, who said she couldn’t commit to
another six years in office. “That creates
chaos for the people who work here and
those who rely on us, and I didn’t want to
“I wanted to continue the level of service this office has always given the community, and if re-elected I would have felt
obligated to complete that term.
“Pam will be wonderful,” Rogers said.
“She has a legal background, knows how
this office works and knows the level of
integrity we’ve tried to achieve over the
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Calendar........................ A10 Opinion ........................A4-5
Church........................... A11 Real Estate ...................... B7
Classifieds ....................B5-6 Society .......................... A10
Court ............................. A12 Sports ..........................B1-4
Obituaries ....................... A5 Way We Were .................. A9
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